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Mabel Pryde Nicholson Exhibition Coming This Summer!

Mabel Pryde Nicholson Exhibition Coming This Summer!


Date published: May 2, 2024

Discover the life, loves and influence of Mabel Pryde Nicholson, a talented and versatile painter in turn-of-the-century Britain.

This summer, The Grange Gallery will present a landmark exhibition tracing the life and art of the painter Mabel Pryde Nicholson (1871-1918) – ‘Prydie’ to her family and friends.

For more than a century, Mabel’s story has been overshadowed by the artistic success of her husband, the society portrait painter and still life virtuoso William Nicholson, and her sons, the pioneer of British abstraction Ben, and modernist architect Kit.

Set within the historical context of Edwardian Britain and France, Prydie: the life and art of Mabel Pryde Nicholson – will be the first exhibition of the artist’s paintings for more than 100 years. Several were made at The Grange itself – the Nicholsons’ home between 1909 and 1914.

Curated by David Bomford and Lucy Davies, the show brings together nearly 30 objects from private collections and national institutions including portraits of the artist by her husband William and poignant letters, photographs and personal objects, almost all of which have been unseen since Mabel’s death in the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918.

A new biography by Lucy Davies, published by Eiderdown Books, will accompany the exhibition.

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